"1st Non-Existent International Neoist Apartment Festival in the Year 000": in Adelaide, South Australia from Monday, March 20th, 000 'til Saturday, March 25th, 000 (with additional action on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 4 & 5, 000 & Thursday, June 8, 000)
[etta cetera & I arrived in Adelaide on Sunday, March 19th & were met at the airport by festival conspirators Karen Eliot & Jen. I never saw Jen again in connection with any neoist activities. A vegetarian barbecue had been proposed for later that day as a festival planning session but that seemed unlikely to happen so the main event of the day was a visit to the former Adelaide Gaol where the Tap 000 Theatre was scheduled to perform (amongst others) & where I was scheduled to UNCERTIZE & to screen a video version of "Bob Cobbing".
Few, or no, VAUDIENCE members arrived, my sampler wouldn't work, the Tap 000 performance was cancelled, The Band That Couldn't Plough Straight played, & etta & I were severely jet-lagged, but I managed to stay awake long enough to screen "Bob Cobbing" anyway to a not-completely rapt small group.
Throughout this 1st day, it had become obvious that there was little or no interest in the long-awaited 1st Australian Neoist Festival that etta & I had been planning to attend for over a year & that we'd travelled over halfway around the world for (having taken the long way via Malaysia). All of Karen's attempts to organize planning sessions had been fairly ill-attended & fruitless. All of Karen's phonecalls to clubs & such-like places to try to set up UNCERTS, SO-CALLED WHATEVERS, & such-like had been unreturned. Given these circumstances, I proposed that we dub the festival the 1st NON-EXISTENT INTERNATIONAL NEOIST APARTMENT FESTIVAL IN THE YEAR 000 worth travelling over halfway 'round the world for. After all, who wants to travel that far just for your ordinary, everyday Neoist Apartment Festival when you can go to the 1st NON-EXISTENT one instead?
It was decided that the Non-Existent Festival would consist of SECRET MEETINGS partially publicized thru messages passed via SECRET HANDSHAKES.]
After that? Well, quite a bit happened despite it all & it turned out to be pretty interesting. This 1:17:00 low-to-no-budget quasi-documentary can give you a pretty good idea of what people will do to create a festival despite no funding & very little community support. I recommend it to everyone! Well.. not quite everyone - but to all of you who realize that Neoism has very little to do with buzz-words & manifestos & quite a lot to do with how you decide to live your life.
- October 20, 2017 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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